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“We’re Here to Represent the 2nd Amendment” Pro-Gun Rally in Richmond Ends Without Violence

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Thousands of pro-gun advocates flocked to the streets of Richmond Monday. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Some 22,000 supporters of gun rights voiced their opposition today/Monday to legislation being considered by the General Assembly.

And, though they were less conspicuous, people calling for more restrictions on guns were also there.

Michael Pope and Mallory Noe-Payne share some of the voices around today’s/Monday’s rally at the state capitol.

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Legislation Making Menstrual Products Available to Virginia Students Moves on to Full Senate

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Senator Jennifer Boysko has introduced a bill that would require school boards across Virginia to make pads and tampons available at all times at no cost to students. (Credit: Senate of Virginia)

Lawmakers are considering a bill to make menstrual products available at all schools in Virginia. Michael Pope reports.

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Some Groups Will Stay Away, as the Capitol Prepares for a Busy “Lobby Day”

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Richmond, state and capitol police are all preparing for a busy day Monday, as thousands are expected to descend on the state capitol.

Just outside the Capitol building, fencing has already been put in place around a specific area. There will be one point of entry. Anyone who enters this space will have to go through a metal detector, and per an emergency order from the governor, guns will not be allowed.

But step outside Capitol Square and anything goes because the city of Richmond isn’t allowed to ban guns. Several roads will be blocked from traffic and a heavy police presence is to be expected.

In addition to the gun rallies, Monday is expected to be business as usual for the legislature. Both the House and the Senate will be gaveling in and meeting.

Dueling gun control rallies in Virginia’s capitol Monday are garnering national attention, but there are plenty of other groups that normally lobby Monday and now have to rethink their plans. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has announced they will be cancelling their planned rally on Monday. In a statement, the group’s state director Lori Haas says they refuses to engage with those who would harm them.

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Some Former Journalists in the General Assembly Are Working to Protect Freedom of Press

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Chris Hurst, a former anchor at WDBJ, has a bill that would give new protections to student journalists to protect them from administrators who want to suppress reporting. (Credit: Virginia General Assembly)

Press freedom and access to information are issues that might get more traction this year now that Democrats have taken control of the General Assembly. Michael Pope reports.

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This Year’s Lee-Jackson Day Might Be the Last

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Friday is a state holiday, Lee-Jackson Day, honoring Confederate leaders. But, this year may be the last one it’s on the calendar. Michael Pope reports.

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“Credible Threats” Lead to Emergency Declaration, Weapons Ban Ahead of Rally

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Governor Ralph Northam, along with Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and other state officials, announce security the security plans. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Governor Ralph Northam is declaring a state of emergency in advance of rallies planned for the state capitol Monday.

Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia General Assembly Ratifies Equal Rights Amendment

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Advocates and lawmakers celebrate passage of the ERA outside the House of Delegates Chamber. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

In a series of votes Wednesday, Virginia approved resolutions to become the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

That means enough states have now approved the measure guaranteeing gender equality to enshrine it in the U. S. Constitution. But more legal battles are likely ahead. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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Business Groups Are Lining Up Against Democratic Efforts to Help Virginia Workers

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Business leaders from across Virginia appear at a press conference announcing united opposition to raising the minimum wage, mandating paid family leave and overturning the right-to-work law. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Democrats in the General Assembly are planning to move forward with a number of bills designed to help workers. But, those efforts will have serious opposition. Michael Pope reports.

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Redistricting Reform May Divide Virginia’s New Democratic Majority

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Democrats may have taken control of the General Assembly, but that doesn’t mean they are all in agreement about how to handle several of the most-pressing issues. Michael Pope reports one of those disagreements is over gerrymandering.

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Should All Virginia Workers Be Entitled to Paid Sick Days?

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Democrats are hoping to make workers a centerpiece of their first term in power. Michael Pope has this report about one bill that would help low-wage workers.

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State Democrats Waste No Time; Move Ahead Several Gun-Control Proposals

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It was a busy day at the Capitol for people on both sides of the gun debate. D.J. Spiker, head of the Virginia NRA, appeared at a press conference with Republican lawmakers opposed to restrictions on firearms. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Visitors, legislators and staff all faced long lines this morning because of new security measures to keep guns out of the state capitol. And Democrats took quick action on other measures to restrict access to guns. Michael Pope reports.

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Pope, Church & State: A weekly look at the General Assembly’s 2020 Session

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A weekly conversation about what’s happened at the General Assembly with Michael Pope and Luke Church.

Week Two:

Much of the drama at the General Assembly this week has been about what might go on outside the capitol building.

Week One:

Lawmakers are wrapping up the first few history-making days at the General Assembly.

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Virginia Lawmakers Ban Guns at State Capitol

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Senators and Delegates discuss the ban during a Joint Rules Committee meeting Friday. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Virginia lawmakers have voted to ban firearms at the state Capitol, the first in what’s expected to be many contentious gun votes in coming weeks. Michael Pope has more.

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Effort to Implement Transgender Student Policies for Virginia Schools Moves On

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Democratic Senator Jennifer Boysko of Herndon has a bill that would require the Department of Education to come up with a model policy. It passed in a subcommittee Friday. (Credit: Senate of Virginia)

Schools across Virginia may soon have a standard set of rules for how to deal with transgender students. Michael Pope reports.

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Governor Allots Funds to Preserve and Tell Black History

governor-northam-official-photo_800The Governor wants to make sure Virginians are learning a complete version of the state’s history. His budget includes money to support an emphasis on black history at several sites across the state. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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In Light of Recent Texas Shooting, One Virginia Lawmaker Wants to Allow Guns in Churches

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Delegate John McGuire has proposed legislation that would lift Virginia’s ban on guns in churches. (Credit: Virginia House GOP)

Democrats have a long list of gun control measures that they are hoping to pass this year. But Republicans have their own ideas about laws the General Assembly should enact. Michael Pope reports.

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This Year’s General Assembly Session is Already Historic

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Eileen Filler-Corn takes her oath of office, becoming the first woman and first Jewish speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Members of the Virginia General Assembly are back in Richmond this week, gaveling in an historic session. Michael Pope has this report from the House floor.

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Debate Over Gun Control Will Likely Dominate This Year’s General Assembly Session

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Democrats won control of the General Assembly after a campaign that prominently featured a debate over gun control. Now, that issue could end up being the defining issue of this year’s General Assembly session. Michael Pope reports.

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Could Virginia’s Right-to-Work Law Split Democrats in Richmond?

StateSeal00Democrats have a long list of labor issues to tackle after they take control of the General Assembly later this week. But, one of labor’s top issues is dividing Democrats. Michael Pope reports.

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Delegate Sam Rasoul: It’s Time for Ranked Choice Voting in Virginia

voting_rights_3002112985_80b5a719b1Do Virginia elections need a shot in the arm? Michael Pope has this report on one proposal that would upend Virginia politics.

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There’s No Way to Expunge a Conviction in Virginia, And One Lawmaker Wants to Change That

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When defendants are convicted of crimes, that court record is permanent in Virginia. But, one lawmaker is suggesting the General Assembly consider the possibility of expunging the record for some of those convicted. Michael Pope reports.

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It’s Looking Like Virginia Will Decriminalize Marijuana Possession This Year

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A few years ago, decriminalization of marijuana possession seemed out of reach in Virginia. Now, as Michael Pope reports, it’s very likely to happen this year.

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“Middle Housing”: Equal Access or a War on Suburbs?

StateSeal00Zoning decisions are usually made by your local government. But, lawmakers in Richmond are thinking about getting into the act. Michael Pope reports.

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Redistricting Debate Likely to Take Center Stage Again Next Month in Richmond

StateSeal00One of the biggest issues in next year’s General Assembly session is likely to be a leftover issue from last year — gerrymandering. Michael Pope reports.

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Democratic Gun Control Legislation May Bar Guns From State Capitol

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Gun control is expected to be one of the top agenda items for Democrats as they take control of the General Assembly next month. And, that could include a ban on guns in and around the Capitol. Michael Pope reports.

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Poll Points to Support for Loan Limits

payday_lendingVirginia voters want to see the General Assembly take action on curbing high-interest lending in Virginia.

That’s one finding of a poll that may factor into the upcoming session. Michael Pope reports.

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Education, Environment and Gas Tax: Takeaways from Gov’s Budget Proposal

governor-northam-official-photo_800Fully funding Virginia’s public schools, an increase in the fuel tax, and a new state run health insurance marketplace — those are all on Governor Ralph Northam’s budget wish list. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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CNU Poll: Virginians Largely Support Democratic Agenda

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Democrats won majorities in the House and Senate this year by promising a sweeping series of reforms. And now, a new poll indicates widespread support for that agenda. Michael Pope reports.

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Donors to Democratic Candidates Are Going to Want a Return on Their Investment

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Special interest groups that funded many Democratic campaigns are going to be expecting action in the next General Assembly session. Michael Pope reports.

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Despite Democratic Control, Reigning in Predatory Lenders May Still Be Difficult

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Some are hoping this will finally be the year that lawmakers crack down on high-interest lenders now that Democrats are taking control of the General Assembly. Michael Pope reports.

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The Growing Cost of Virginia Elections

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This year’s election for the House of Delegates was the most expensive ever. Michael Pope reports.

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Could Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Split Democrats in January?

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Should undocumented immigrants be able to get a Virginia driver’s license? As Michael Pope reports, that’s a question members of the General Assembly will be tackling in January.

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The ERA’s Passage in Virginia Still Faces an Uphill Battle

ERA YEsAs Democrats prepare to take power in Richmond this January, one of their top priorities will be passing the Equal Rights Amendment. What happens after that? Michael Pope explains.

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Report: Legalizing Casinos Would Provide Modest Boost

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Virginia could raise hundreds of millions of dollars in new tax revenue if lawmakers choose to legalize casino gambling in several Virginia localities. That’s according to a report presented to lawmakers in Richmond today. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.

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Gambling in Virginia? Casinos Will Likely Be a Hot Topic for Lawmakers in January

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Lawmakers in Richmond are about to place their bets on casino gambling. They’ll get a much-anticipated report on Monday. Michael Pope reports.

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Opponents Think Now is a Good Time for State Lawmakers to Abolish the Death Penalty

virginia_flag_map_0Death penalty opponents are hopeful this is the year they can convince Virginia lawmakers to abolish the death penalty. As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, they’ve spent a decade building a network of support.

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What Research Shows Works, and Doesn’t, With Gun Control

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This week lawmakers gaveled in, and gaveled out, of a reconvened special session. It was an example of how Republican leaders, since losing the majority in November’s elections, have abandoned efforts to pass legislation addressing gun violence. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Could State Democrats Bring Back the Estate Tax?

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About a decade ago, Virginia abandoned the estate tax. Now, some are hoping Democrats bring it back. Michael Pope reports.

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New Democratic Majority Could Work to Give Local Governments More Authority

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Many General Assembly Democrats campaigned on changing the way guns and environmental issues are regulated. Michael Pope reports part of that change may mean giving more flexibility to local governments.

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Statehouse Elections: Uncontested Races had Lowest Turnout

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According to numbers from the Virginia Public Access Project, turnout in last week’s election was record setting for an off year – nearly 40% of registered voters came to the polls. But those numbers vary across the state. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Financial Reports Show What Races Are a Priority for Republicans and Democrats This Fall

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All 140 seats in the General Assembly are up for grabs this November. Campaign finance reports released this week show what races Republicans and Democrats are prioritizing. Micheal Pope has details.

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Virginia Incumbents Facing Primary Challengers From Their Own Parties

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The deadline for new candidates running in primaries for the General Election was this week. Michael Pope has this preview of the upcoming election cycle.

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